discharge

  • 1.

    A release of a debtor from personal liability for certain dischargeable debts. Notable exceptions to dischargeability are taxes and student loans. A discharge releases a debtor from personal liability for certain debts known as dischargeable debts and prevents the creditors owed those debts from taking any action against the debtor or the debtor's property to collect the debts. The discharge also prohibits creditors from communicating with the debtor regarding the debt, including through telephone calls, letters, and personal contact.

    United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 1
  • 2.

    "Discharge" means any lawful release from a state correctional institution pursuant to the expiration of a judicial sentence or other incarcerative sanction.

    Oregon Legislature 2

1United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Commonly Used Terms - U.S. Courts, http://­www.ca9.uscourts.gov/­content/­view.php?pk_id=0000000237 (last accessed May 28, 2009).

2Or. Rev. Stat. § 421.005 (2007).